Growing up. Redraft as you see fit

One more for the day, as I’m on a roll. I’ve had an embryonic, sci-fi short story in my head for a while and I started to commit it to paper this week. It started off quite well and I’m fairly pleased with it thus far. I’m not so pleased with the progress I’ve made, but that’s for me and me to discuss. I decided however, that I couldn’t convey the depth of the character I wanted to from the perspective I’d written it at. So, I switched my context to that of a first person perspective. I trundled along, rewriting my narrative and enriching the character a little. Then I realised, this would make absolutely no sense whatsoever with the ending I have in mind. And so, I begin re-draft number two from a slightly different perspective.

So, what is my point? Well, I was annoyed at first. Annoyed that I’d have to rewrite what I’d already written. Annoyed that all of that good work (possibly) was to be cast aside. Then I came to realise that it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if you stop and re-draft. It’s all part of the process. It’s a naïve chap indeed who thinks that he’ll crack out a story without any kind of rewrite anyway, but my point being, don’t wait until the end. Muck about with the context, muck about with the characters while it’s still infantile. Your job will be much easier at the end. For example, one doesn’t go on Masterchef and produce one’s signature dish on the night. One will have practised it many times at home, and probably chucked a few of those tasty omelettes away. Why would anyone think that omelette and strychnine go together?!

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